Anime masks worn for Japanese speed-dating sessions
26 November 2012 Last updated at 17:36 GMT
Shy singletons on the lookout for love in Japan now have a way of overcoming their fears of the speed-dating scene.
A town near Tokyo is holding sessions where 'otaku' - which roughly translates to 'geeks' in English - can hide behind masks of their favourite animated characters as they attempt to woo potential partners.
Tom Santorelli reports.